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Posted by Raymond Hoser on May 14, 2002 at 18:35:49:
In Reply to: Re: Pailsus rossignollii - info by R Mastenbrook. posted by Richard Mastenbroek on May 14, 2002 at 11:45:46:
Ducking the flames, Richard I ask a couple of sensible questions of you, but before I do, may I make one thing patently clear.
No matter how cherished any views I have in terms of reptiles and taxonomy are, they will always change if and when evidence to the contrary makes such a position untenable.
I hope this puts us in a similar position, assuming you to have some integrity and sensibility as well.
You stated that DNA studies showed Pailsus rossignollii to have the same DNA as Aussie "Pseudechis australis".
I know of no such studies being published and ask that you provide the details of this study and the exact data and material and methods you relied upon when making the statement in your above post.
Noting your size measurements of your snakes on your site (which I again applaud), I noted the similarity in sizes between the sexes for the Pailsus rossignollii you held.
Another burning question, which I am sure I'm not alone in wanting answered is this:
Have you noted male/male combat between the snakes and if so, what form has it taken and the frequency and if not, is this perhaps because the snakes have been kept separated and/or is there another potential reason - (please detail if the snakes have been put togeather).